Brian Ernst has spent the majority of his professional career in journalism and freelance videography but has found his greatest success in short form comedy.
He and his fellow producers, Mitch Brinkman & Nathan Hennenfent, made their festival debut in 2015 with their short web series "Dirty Laundry", a one room, single camera narrative featuring a blossoming friendship. They currently all co-host the Über Cinco podcast, a weekly game show where they deep dive top fives.
A DePaul University graduate and former Chicago Tribune video producer, Brian has trained in writing at the Annoyance and iO Theaters, most recently participating in the latter with a Monty Python style sketch revue. During his tenure at the Tribune, Brian spearheaded several series, including the Theater Loop Showcase which aimed at recreating and documenting the theater scene in Chicago. He is now the head of the art department at the Chicago Sun-Times as their Director of Digital Operations overseeing photo, video and podcasts.
Brian received an Emerging Cinematographer award for his work on "Ludo", a short documentary showcased at the Cannes Film Festival, but aims at focusing his efforts on episodic and feature length comedy with his fellow producers.
Something Left Comedy Taking a chance in a new career as a small town reporter, Joel must balance living with his juvenile Uncle and course correcting his unlucky-in-love romantic streak.
Something Left (Feature Spec)
Film by UBK Studios Writer
Theater Loop Showcase
Internet by Chicago Tribune Cinematographer, Editor
Television (Comedy) Editor Add a Plot »
Know Your Plate (Pilot)
Internet by Chicago Tribune Director, Editor
Dirty Laundry (6 Episode Series)
Internet by UBK Studios Writer, Actor, Editor
Film (short) by London Film School Producer
Film (Short, Comedy and Drama) Camera and Electrical Department It has been eight years since Hope Fairfield and Ally Spencer have seen each other, and now they have been accidentally put into the same bridal fitting room. Ally has been dating her guy for the last 10 years, and is in yet another ugly bridesmaid dress. Hope, the ever free spirit, who was never going to get married, is now wearing white, and becomes determined to help Ally get into a white dress of her own. Hilarity ensues. Written by Anonymous
Evil Eyes - The Last Vegas (Music Video)
Music by Motion Source Director
Meeting the Need
Documentary by UBK Studios Director, Editor
Come on In
Video (Short and Comedy) Editor A young, burrito eating man approaches the apartment of a beautiful young lady to take her on their first date. When some miscommunication occurs, the young man decides to leave, but not before the burrito catches up with him. Insanity ensues as this Christmas film becomes a race against the forces of nature. Written by Anonymous
Film (Short and Comedy) Editor Dwayne, who has trouble with the ladies, attempts to get over his most recent breakup by talking it through with his unhelpful friends.
Classic Rock Magazine's Top 30 Music Videos, Evil Eyes - The Last Vegas
Best Documentary, Meeting the Need
Emerging Cinematographer, Ludo (Cannes Film Festival/Real Ideas Studio)